Stella Cove is excited to be as successful as we are on social media, especially Instagram! It is a great way to interact with our ever growing community and to make excellent new friendships! One of those friendships we've made is with Julie Martin! She is spectacular with her photoshoots in various beautiful places! She's captured our Bikini for Girl and other fabulous beachwear in the recent months.
From Budapest to Cyprus and back, Julie is stunning Instagram with her remarkable shots! Shots that have featured our Bikini for Girl or other cute swimwear we have are being liked repeatedly on Instagram. We have had the amazing opportunity to get into the mind of Artfully Uncommon and see why that name is so fitting for Julie!
Artfully Common Interview
Are there any photos which stand out in your life as having moved you the most and if so why?
Fanny: Montalivet, France by Jock Sturges. There are many photos of his with this title over the years, but this one photo has stuck with me for over 20 years. It's just everything. (photo attached).
Do you listen to music when you're working, if yes, what kind?
Many times I work in silence, but, I do sometimes listen to music when I work, be it photography or drawing/painting. I always listen to music without words when I'm creating. I think words in music pull my focus too much out of what I'm doing. I listen to a lot of movie scores by John Barry or I'm stuck right now on the Game of Thrones soundtracks, too.
Do you know what a finished piece of work looks like or does it develop as you work?
I always know exactly what I want to shoot when I start. I see photos in my head before I ever click and I HAVE to make them, or they don't leave my head. Having said that, my ideas are like markers along a path. While I'm shooting, I'll reach those set markers I have mind, but I always leave lots of space in-between those markers for random happenings. My shoots always take a different journey based on the subject and their personalities. So, it's definitely a little of both!
What's the best part of the process? What's the most challenging part?
The best part of the process is when I really connect with my subject and my vision is taken to a whole new level as a result. The most challenging part is having that "a-ha" experience JUST out of reach and you can't figure out why.
One of the many things we appreciate about your photos is that your subject seems to have the courage, when in your shoot, to let a emanate a more personal part of themselves. The photo looks very honest. How do you manage to make this happen?
It makes me so happy to hear that because above all, I want the viewer to feel something. I have a connection with children that I just don't have with adults. I really strive to form a connection with my subjects, whether it's for my personal fine art work, or a commercial project. For the last 24 years of my work, I've largely focused on children and their more hidden inner selves. Children are SO much deeper and wiser than we give them credit for. I really try and honour that and tap into it when I'm shooting. You have to sort of go on a journey with them while you document them and you have to be genuine. Children can spot insincerity a mile away and for them to trust you, you have to truly be interested in them. My work isn't successful unless they can be themselves. It's always about that give and take between and artist and a subject and I feel like it's such an honour when I can have that moment with the kids I photograph.
If you could photograph anyone in the world who would it be, also how would you style them?
I was just asking myself this the other day. I would give ANYTHING to photograph the children of Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa. They look like the most perfect little wildlings and I wouldn't style a thing.
What would you tell your younger self?
Don't wait until you are in your 40's to realize that the American Dream doesn't have to be YOUR dream.
What do you think is the role of photography today?
I think the role of photography has always been to tell truths. To change perspectives and to make the viewer think and to feel and to create discussion.
What hopes do you have for your works the moment you release them into the world? How do you wish for them to affect people?
I want people to stop when they see my work. I want them to feel something. I want them to feel what I feel when I look at work that makes me question what it is I'm doing in the world. My work has changed profoundly just in the 11 months that my family has been traveling the world full-time. My styled work has taken a backseat to just documenting our place in the world and how we are changing as human beings just by traveling and experiencing so many new places and cultures. I would love to open people's eyes to possibilities....to the unknown... to challenging their current beliefs and lifestyles. I would also love to take people to a place of simplicity.... taking them out of the constant busy that plagues us as Americans.
What advice do you have for any new photographers?
My response may not be a popular one because it's not fast and easy, but... I suggest going to art school, or at least studying art history in whatever way you can (not just photography, but drawing and painting). My fine art education is the reason I am able to create the work I want to create (whether others consider it successful or not, I'm bringing forth what I envision). Studying the masters that came before you, the big questions like "what is art"?, along with the technical training is really what is going to fulfil you as a creative.
There you have it, amazing interview done bye Julie! She makes it easy for you to connect her personality and perspectives to all the pictures she so greatly captures. We hope to see features in her photos like our Bikini for Girl
, yet look forward to see what she will be doing when the SS18 collections begin to bloom!